From the award-winning author of the acclaimed novel Poe comes an edgy and bone-chilling new novel.
When Fiona Dunn is approached in a bar by a man who claims he’s the devil, she figures it’s just some kind of postmodern-slash-ironic pickup line. But a few drinks in, he offers her a wish in exchange for her immortal soul, and in addition, Fiona must perform a special favor for him whenever the time comes. Fiona finds the entire matter so absurd that she agrees. Bad idea. Not only does Fiona soon discover that she really was talking to the devil incarnate, but she’s now been initiated into a bizarre support group of similar “dead souls”—those who have done the same thing as Fiona on a whim, and who must spend their waking hours in absolute terror of that favor eventually being called in...and what exactly is required from each of them in order to give the devil his due.
J. Lincoln Fenn is the award-winning author of the bestseller Poe, which won the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror, and the terrifying acclaimed novel Dead Souls. Fenn grew up in New England and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire, studying with poet laureate Charles Simic, and author John Yount, a mentor to John Irving. Currently Fenn lives with her husband in Seattle.
"Whether you call it grisly horror or macabre fiction, this book is one of the scariest and best to come down the pike in ages. The characters are diffcult but compelling, and the writing is seamless. The narrative twists and turns are reminiscent of Dean Koontz or Stephen King at their finest. This story is horribly, horrifyingly awesome."
– Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“Darkly entertaining. Perfectly written. Fans of Chuck Palahniuk, meet your new favorite author.”
– Ania Ahlborn, bestselling author of BROTHER and SEED
"Brilliantly written. Gritty horror, heart wrenching suspense, and impactful prose. Make sure this one is on your 2016 reading list!"
– Cemetery Dance
“An uninhibited thriller with a dash of social commentary where the devil is in the details....A wild, well-written novel that fuels suspicions about what might be going on in our oh-so-unbalanced world.”
– Kirkus Reviews
"The real power of Fenn’s story lies in the everyday details—her characters’ flaws are so recognizable and their lives are so comparatively familiar that the evil force with which they deal becomes terribly and convincingly real. This impressive blend of human desperation and otherworldly darkness is gruesomely compelling and horrifyingly believable, with skilled prose that keeps this story intensely engaging. The ambiguities and uncertainties in each scene will keep readers on edge until a startling ending brings this tale, ingeniously and ruthlessly, full circle in impressive fashion. (Four stars)"
– RT Book Reviews
“A fiendish tale that leaves behind a nettling sense that maybe we’ve already gone too far. It’s what real horror is all about.”
– J.D. Horn, bestselling author of the WITCHING SAVANNAH series